Indian baby dropping ritual

Filed under: Babies, In The News, Weird But True, Alcohol & Drugs

Earlier this week, Angie wrote about Japan's crying baby contest. Though that contest may not be something you'd see in America, it's obvious that it's a fun, loving tradition for the families involved and that the babies aren't harmed or traumatized by it.

Today, however, I came across the Indian baby dropping ritual, and I think it falls (no pun intended) in a completely different category. Muslims of Western India practice a 500-year-old ritual of dropping their babies off a 15 meter building, to be caught on a white sheet. They say that the tradition helps their babies to be strong and healthy.

Participants claim that no baby has ever been hurt during the ritual, which is surprising to me. I can't imagine being a mom and watching my child go through this, tradition or not.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.